FDA Grand Rounds: The Scientific Basis of Proposed Tobacco Product Standards to Prohibit Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor in Cigarettes and Flavors in Cigars
January 12, 2023
Virtual - Zoom
The FDA Grand Rounds is webcast every other month to highlight cutting-edge research underway across the agency and its impact on protecting and advancing public health. Each session features an FDA scientist presenting on a key public health challenge and how FDA is applying science to its regulatory activities.
On April 28, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed product standards to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in cigars. These actions have the potential to significantly reduce disease and death from combusted tobacco product use, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., by reducing youth experimentation and addiction, and increasing the numbers of smokers that quit. This presentation will provide an overview of the scientific evidence that informed the development of these proposed rules, with an explanation of the external peer review process FDA utilized for review of the highly influential scientific assessments for these proposed rules.
- FDA. “Scientific Review of the Effects of Menthol in Cigarettes on Tobacco Addiction: 1980–2021.” Silver Spring, MD: HHS, FDA, Center for Tobacco Products, 2022. Available at https://www.fda.gov/media/157642/download
- FDA. “Review of Studies Assessing the Potential Impact of Prohibiting Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor in Cigarettes.” Silver Spring, MD: HHS, FDA, Center for Tobacco Products, 2022. Available at https://www.fda.gov/media/157643/download
- FDA. “Scientific Assessment of the Impact of Flavors in Cigar Products.” Silver Spring, MD: HHS, FDA, Center for Tobacco Products, 2022. Available at https://www.fda.gov/science-research/peer-review-scientific-information-and-assessments/completed-peer-reviews
- Discuss the research conducted at the FDA
- Explain how FDA science impacts public health
- Discuss the public health burden of combusted tobacco product use
- Describe the major conclusions of the scientific assessments developed by FDA to inform the proposed product standards
- Discuss the steps involved in the external peer review of the Agency’s scientific assessments
This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other scientists within the agency and external scientific communities.
Lecture 1 January 12, 2023
|12:00 - 1:00 PM EST||The Scientific Basis of Proposed Tobacco Product Standards to Prohibit Menthol as a Characterizing Flavor in Cigarettes and Flavors in Cigars||Bridget Ambrose, PhD, MPH|
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- Ambrose, Bridget, PhD, MPH, Director, Division of Population Health Science, FDA Center for Tobacco Products - nothing to disclose
- Dinatale, Miriam, DO, Team Leader, Food and Drug Administration - nothing to disclose
- Pfundt, Tiffany, PharmD, Senior Advisor, HHS/ASPR - nothing to disclose
- Wheelock, Leslie, RN, MS, Director, OSPD, FDA, OC, OCS, OSPD - nothing to disclose
CE Consultation and Accreditation Team
- Bueide, Rachel E., MPhil, Training Specialist, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
- Zawalick, Karen, CE Team Leader, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
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